This list of fashion brands take a two-pronged approach to running a responsible business. They ensure the ethical welfare of their workers and consciously choose materials and manufacturing processes that are sustainable.
Several sustainable and ethical fashion brands on this list are niche and manufacture in-house or locally, and oversee the entire supply chain from raw product to finished product. Just BEE Queen, pictured, makes its resort wear locally in Miami. Two stand-out brands focused on a deeply considered local supply chain is Made in USA underwear brand Brook There, and Nobody Denim, the ethical jeans brand based in Australia.
Most brands, however, outsource to factories overseas and rely on independent initiatives, like Sedex, to help them choose ethical manufacturers and maintain continuous oversight of their supply chains. These brands also take a considered approach to their choice of materials too, such as using only organic cotton or recycled fabrics. You can easily find ethical denim brands upcycling vintage jeans and brands making activewear from recycled materials.
AAKS handcrafts its colorful raffia handbags in Ghana. Each bag has a unique artisan touch, innovatively woven in colors inspired by the seasons.
ASCENO is all about timeless designs made for many years of multiple uses. Made from 100% natural fibers such as organic linen and silks.
BOYISH is a line of sustainable women's denim featuring vintage finishes and modern cuts. Produced entirely of recycled eco-friendly fabrics.
Brook There makes ultra-comfortable lingerie in the USA. The brand uses Californian-sourced organic cotton to create minimalist pieces in colors inspired by nature.
Carolina K is an eclectic boho-inspired clothing label authentically and ethically crafted by artisans in remote parts of Mexico, Peru, and India.
Carrie Forbes is a Californian label making handcrafted sandals and handbags in Morocco. Artisans weave natural raffia using ancient techniques to create one-of-a-kind items.
CQY premium jeans are made in Los Angeles from the finest cotton textiles sourced sustainably in Japan and Italy. You'll find classically cut authentic jeans.
Day Owl is a certified B-Corp making stylish and sturdy backpacks in innovative waxed canvas constructed from post-consumer recycled materials.